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  1. CKA Kyu Belt Grading Examination

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    On Saturday, June 29, 2024, 28 dedicated students from the Ballymena and Rasharkin CKA clubs successfully completed their Kyu belt examinations, showcasing their hard work, skill, and determination.

    In attendance to facilitate the examination was CKA chief coach Sensei Dan Redmond (7th Dan) , along with club coaches Sean Wisener (2nd Dan) and Jamie Neill (1st Dan), and trainee coach Kathy Archer (1st Dan).

    Here’s a breakdown of the grades achieved:

    • 9th Kyu Yellow Belt: 8 members
    • 8th Kyu Red Belt: 7 members
    • 7th Kyu Orange Belt: 2 members
    • 6th Kyu Green Belt: 8 members
    • 5th Kyu Blue Belt: 2 members
    • 4th Kyu Purple Belt: 1 member

    The grading was a comprehensive test of various karate techniques. All participants demonstrated great proficiency in kumite (sparring) and kata (formal exercises), along with elements of self-defense in some sessions. The senior members, in particular, showed a solid understanding of their basic blocks, highlighting their commitment.

    Sensei Redmond would like to congrtualte all the students for their remarkable efforts!

     18 junior karateka standing against a wall smiling whilst holding certificates awarded for passing their belt examination. Theyu are flanked by two of their club instructors on each side

    Session 1 - 18 Junior members and their coaches after being presented with their certificates. The belts earned were Yellow, Red, Orange, Green & Purple

    10 senior members smiling after being presented with their certificates, flanked on each side by their club coaches

    Session 2 - 7 Senior members and 3 Junior members with their coaches after being presented with their certificates. The belts earned were Red, Orange, Green & Blue.

  2. Chujo Karate Association Kyu Grading Examination

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    Congratulations to all CKA Students who took part in the Kyu Belt Examination on Saturday 1st April 2023.

    34 members attended this examination.

    The examination was broken into two sessions with junior students attending the earlier session and senior students attending the later;


    Junior members with their certificates, From this examination; 6 members achieved 9th Kyu (Yellow Belt), 9 members achieved 8th Kyu (Red Belt) & 3 members achieved 7th Kyu (Orange Belt).

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    Senior members before being presented with their certificates, From this examination: 6 members achieved 8th Kyu (Red Belt), 2 members achieved 7th Kyu (Orange Belt), 1 member achieved 6th Kyu (Green Belt), 5th Kyu (Blue Belt) & 4th Kyu (Purple Belt), 2 members achieved 3rd Kyu (Brown Belt) & 1 member achieved 1st Kyu (Black Belt With 1 White Stripe)


    Present at the examination were:
    Dan Redmond - 7th Dan
    Sean Wisener - 2nd Dan
    Jamie Neill - 1st Dan
    Kathy Archer - 1st Dan